VIGNAdiMILO – Etna Bianco Superiore CASELLE DOC

VIGNAdiMILO:  The 100% Carricante vine of this small parcel is the fruit of one  particular  mass wine selection made by salvo foti  in over 20 years of activity. The vineyard was planted in part with the ancient Etnean technique of the  “Mallet cuttings: or “Magliuoli”:  direct production, without grafting on American vine (ungrafted). Vineyard cultivation is done by hand using natural products. Biotechnologies are not used in winemaking. Transfer and bottling are carried out according to the phases of the moon. Contrada:  Caselle, in the municipality of  Milo  – Eastern Etna at 750 m a.s.l. Plot:  VignadiMilo (The Vineyard of Milo) Varieties:  Carricante 100%, Carricante, in part ungrafted native vines

Number of vines (approx.):  6,000

Area of plot in hectares (approx.):  0.80

Vine density per hectare:  8,000

Vineyard planted in:  2010

Vineyard training:  Alberello Etneo with chestnut posts

Kg of selected grapes produced on average per hectare:  6,000

Litres of wine produced on average per hectare:  3,500

Number of 0.75L bottles produced in an average vintage:  4,000

Harvest period:  first/second half of October

Winemaking:  direct pressing of whole grapes with static and natural settling of the must for about 30 hours

Yeast:  autochtonous yeast in pied de cuve

Duration of alcoholic fermentation:  13-15 days in 2,000L wooden barrels

Duration of refinement: in 2,000L barrel for 12 months

Filtration:  only during bottling

Clarification:  natural settling

Racking during refinement:  5 times

Addition of sulphur dioxide: in small doses before fermentation and bottling

Average alcohol content:  12.0%

Average total acidity grams per litre:  7.5

Average pH:  3.0

Total sulphur in the newly bottled wine (mg/l) average:  50  mg/l

Bottling: in May, in the second year following the harvest

First Production Year: 2011


The Vineyard is as the crow flies:

10 Km from the Central Crater of Mt. Etna and Km 8 from the Ionian Sea.
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Average year rainfall:  1,500  mm

Soil type: volcanic, sandy with a large amount of ripiddu (lapilli and volcanic pumice from eruptions). The substrate is characterized by a lava plateau of considerable areal extension, predominantly flowering “Superior Tuffs and Lahars”, fine-grained yellow tuffs that are sometimes stratified with plant remains, red-brown Lahars. (Monginello Antico) and “Lava and pyroclastites that are difficult to delimit to degraded surface morphology” (Monginello Antico-Mongibello Recente). The paedogenetic processes, favoured by the predominance of an easily degradable tufaceous substrate (also known as tufaceous components), have generated a soil that is on average quite deep and scarce in skeleton.